If you’re building from dports, and you want to include debugging information, you’ll want to put ‘WITH_DEBUG=yes’ in /etc/make.conf. Note that this affects anything you build at that point, including world, which you’d want to rebuild anyway.
These probably apply cross-BSD, but in this case, it’s DragonFly tips for printing with CUPS.
A bit nostalgic this week.
- Pardon My French, But This Code Is C.R.A.P., parts one and two. (via)
- dungeoncrawlers.org, a comprehensive list of exactly that. (via)
- Showrunner: the Game. Scroll down about halfway. A roguelike!
- Why so much Internet video is viral but no longer weird. For those who remember Portal of Evil or Stile Project or eBaum’s World, etc. (via)
- Results of the 2015 Underhanded C Contest. (via)
- The Malware Museum. (via)
- Learn Enough Git to Be Dangerous. (via)
- Getting a Job After Coding Bootcamp. Good advice.
- My Bathroom Mirror Is Smarter Than Yours. (via multiple places)
- Digital Technology – Past and Present. (large PDF, via)
- Shmoocon 2016 Videos. (via)
- Old-School PC Fonts. (via)
Lots and lots this week!
- SCaLE 14x Recap.
- On ZFS in Debian. BSD is still a better place for ZFS. (via)
- Anyone using FreeBSD or another BSD in production? How do you like it?
- NetBSD/amd64 7.0 on kvm. (via)
- VIMAGE Coming Soon to FreeBSD.
- Initial FreeBSD RISC-V Architecture Port Committed.
- Has Anyone Tried to Put Dark Souls on BSD?
- LibertyBSD 5.8 is out. (related)
- DiscoverBSD for 2016/02/01.
- FreeBSD TACACS+ GNS3 and Cisco 3700 Router.
- FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report – Fourth Quarter 2015.
- OPNSense 16.1.1 and 16.1.2 out.
- Fighting fraudulent networks using secure connections (SSL) with OPNsense.
- Tor Browser 5.5 for OpenBSD.
- Sponsorships for “FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS”.
- Sponsorships and Hot Water. Sponsor! It has a direct effect.
- The Korn Shell anecdote. (via)
If you have a Core2 processor in a DragonFly system, it may not work with accelerated video. If that happens to you with this (admittedly old) processor, switch to VESA for now.
The slides from yesterday’s shell-fu presentation at NYCBUG have been posted.
NYCBUG is having a presentation tomorrow, February 3rd, 18:45, Stone Creek Bar & Lounge at 140 E 27th St. in New York City. The presenter will be Isaac Levy and the title is “shell-fu”. .ike is an energetic speaker and it’s worth your time if you are near enough.
BSDTalk 261 is up, and it’s a half-hour conversation with Kris Moore about jails, system management, and other I assume PC-BSD features.
I am proud of finding some of these links this week; they are not the usual “here’s what everyone else linked to” that you see.
- Evolution of Ethernet Speeds: What’s New and What’s Next. I did not know about 2.5G/5G speeds over existing cat5. (via)
- Why the Sun 2 has a message “Love your country, but never trust its government” (via)
- Most off-putting introduction to a new technology.
- Sanos PDP-11 Simulator with UNIX V7e. Boot SanOS which runs a PDP-11 simulator, which then runs UNIX v7. (via)
- best idea ever
- ***** – Five star cron job. Will run again. (via)
- The Amiga Graphics Archive. (via)
- The Bear Essentials: Developing a Commodore 64 Game, Part 1. (via)
- The anatomy of an ssh session. (via)
- Go 1.7 planning. I like peeking into other open source groups’ release planning.
- The New Sound Of Music 1979 (Part 1) The fun part of computer history, and it talks about the Radiophonics Workshop! (via)
- Your Development Environment is Probably an Eldritch Horror. (via)
Another week with plenty of links.
- FreeBSD x64 OpenVPN AD authentication with crypt. (via)
- A FreeBSD 10 Desktop How-to. (via)
- FreeBSD Virtual Machine: Installing VMware tools. A basic explanation for a frequent activity. (via)
- “why attention to detail matters when you’re a kernel developer.”
- Call for testing: Concurrent malloc(3) calls (to speed up firefox)
- Writing Assembly on OpenBSD (x86) (via)
- I’m going back to the future….
- OpenFire Active Directory integration. (via)
- Net ring-buffers are essential to an OS. (via) Check comments on the source link.
- Confessions of a Recovering NetBSD Zealot. From 2006 so may not be accurate. (via)
- How has NetBSD changed since 2006? A followup on that previous link.
- Interested in BSD ports or are we all wasting time here? (via)
- Faces of FreeBSD 2016: Sean Bruno.
- BSD at SCALE 14x. Goat sighting! They are looking for BSD talks for next year.
- Doc like an Egyptian: Managing project documentation with Sphinx. Sphinx is used for documentation on several BSD projects. (via)
- OPNsense 16.1 Released.
- FreeBSD Mastery: Specialty Filesystems now escaping.
For those of you running DragonFly-current, the already-mentioned library privatization going on means that ports have to be rebuilt. You will want to do it yourself, or wait a little bit before upgrading if you want to install binaries.
BSDNow 126 has an interview with Ken Moore and Kris Moore of PC-BSD, along with the usual news roundup. There’s a DragonFly mention in the “open source work helps your career” news item that I did not know about but am happy to see.
That’s a pretty cryptic headline, isn’t it? John Marino has ‘privatized’ several libraries in DragonFly, so that they can’t get included involuntarily as part of a port build. That may mean you will need to perform a full rebuild of your system if you are tracking DragonFly-current.
(This is the way to fix ‘system’ languages like Perl was in FreeBSD 4.x – keep them clearly separate from the port version. It’s about a decade too late for that idea to work out, though.)
For those of you with i915 video on your DragonFly system, there’s another update bringing DragonFly support to match what’s in the Linux 4.1 kernel. ValleyView and Skylake processor owners will benefit, along with a slew of other bugfixes and improvements.
The links get weird this week; get ready!
- IN THE THEATER OF LITERATE DISASSEMBLY, PASTOR MANUL LAPHROAIG AND HIS MERRY BAND OF REVERSE ENGINEERS LIFT THE WELDED HOOD FROM THE ENGINE THAT RUNS THE WORLD! Note the Apple ][ section. (via)
- The World’s Worst Spam Support ISPs. (via)
- SSH – A brief analysis of the internet. (via profmakx on EFNet #dragonflybsd)
- FOSDEM 2016 is coming up in a week. (via)
- Fractal fun on the web.
- A Quarter Century of UNIX. available as a PDF, too. (via)
- Novena on the Ben Heck Show.
- when preloads go sideways.
- The Art of the Command Line. Scroll down. Linux/bash-specific in many places, but potentially useful. (also via)
- The Original Mobile App Was Made of Paper. Volvelles! (via)
- The Creepy Beauty of VCR Errors. (via)
- DNS Censorship (DNS Lies) As Seen By RIPE Atlas. (via)
I’m always happy when I can compile news for at least 4+ different BSDs at once.
- How Three BSD Operating Systems Compare To Ten Linux Distributions. (via)
- [OpenBSD] Tracking -current, am I doing this correctly? (…and other questions)
- Group Test: Bsd Distros. (via)
- Basis Of The Lumina Desktop Environment. Have I linked this before elsewhere?
- NetBSD support for psutil. (via)
- BSD based core router on 10Gbps network.
- Sailor, a native and portable container system for NetBSD and Mac OS X. (via)
- Things I learned from OpenSSH about reading very sensitive files. Leads to some OpenBSD discussion. (via)
- FreeBSD nGinx FFmpeg camera recording and live streaming. (via)
- DiscoverBSD for 2016/01/18.
- FreeNAS Home Server Build. (via)
- OPNsense 15.7.25 Released.
Are you using a i915 video chipset? Are you using the DisplayPort? Imre Vadasz has added a tunable that may make it work better.
I’m taking an online course and don’t have as much clicking-about time, unfortunately.
- Vimer – Convenience wrapper for gvim/mvim –remote(-tab)-silent. (via)
- Compilation-bookmarks for emacs. In the interest of equal time. (via)
- Vim Galore. Unequal again. (via)
- Freeciv-Earth play anywhere on earth. (via)
- My payphone runs Linux now. More a hardware hacking story.
- Electronics That Last: How I Built an Heirloom Laptop. More hardware. (via)
- NANOG 66, February 7-10, San Diego, CA.
- FOSSAsia 2016, March 18-20, Singapore.
- The Axe Attack on the Early GPS Navigation System. (via)
Your unrelated link of the week: Golem Arcana. For the miniatures gamer with a handheld.
There’s a lot of convention links this week, which is mostly an accident. If any of them are near you, go! BSD conventions are always fun, in my experience.
- FreeBSD on EdgeRouter Lite – no serial port required.
- Nearly 19 years of FreeBSD 2.2.1. (via)
- CharmBUG, a BSD user group in Baltimore, Maryland, has a new mailing list. See also the Meetup page. (via)
- AsiaBSDCon 2016 is coming up in Tokyo, March 11-13. (also via)
- You have only a few days left to meet the BSDCan Call for Papers deadline. (also via)
- The HOPE convention is July 22-24. (also plundered via)
- And if you haven’t clicked on it yet, here’s NYCBUG’s upcoming schedule.
- outrageous roaming fees, about the recent CVE-2016-777|8.
- OpenBSD laptops.
- Xen Support Enabled in [openbsd]-current.
- The Penguicon Lucas Tech Track.
- OPNSense 15.7.24 Released.
- BSD Is Ready for SCALE 14X.
- DiscoverBSD for 2016/01/11. (says 2015 but it’s a typo.)
- Best of 2015 in BSD Magazine.
I almost missed it again! BSDNow 124 is up, with an interview of Igor Sysoev about nginx, plus the normal roundup.
Note: keep in mind this is a client bug – it’s an information leak when you as a client connect out to somewhere else. A server, as an endpoint, is not affected.
I am prewriting most of this post because I have a significant hardware changeout happening this weekend at work; let’s hope for quiet.
- The Website Obesity Crisis. The Digest is <300K, which isn’t too bad. (via)
- 2015 CCC Videos. (via)
- Bourne Basic – a BASIC interpreter implemented in pure Bourne shell. From 1987, originally in comp.sources.misc. (via)
- The NLNOG Ring – join if you qualify.
- The Apple ][ Library: The 4 AM Collection. Indirectly linked to before, but worth it again. (via)
- From the same location, the BurgerTime crack. (via)
- 2015 Year In Review. The “The Coffee” section is important.
- Linux and Unix SysAdmins New Year’s Resolutions. (via)
- The Long Death of CGI.pm. (via)
- Synchronise remote SSH authorised_keys. (via)
- How to C in 2016. (via)
- The story behind casual contributors. Relevant to open source.
- D&D Meets the Electronic Age. (via)
- All of UNIX. (via)
- Piet. (via)
Your unrelated food link of the week: The teas to make you forget all about coffee. Not as smug as the usual tea article, thank goodness.
I had so many tabs open of things to post that I lost some until the last minute.
- The FreeBSD Foundation is going to external sources to resolve community issues, as followup on recent conflict. (I agree with this plan)
- Upcoming meetings for NYCBUG (and other convention dates). Feb. 3rd is the next.
- NixOS on FreeBSD. (via)
- The TorBSD project has a long list of potential BSD porting projects. (thanks, George!)
- AWS tools on OpenBSD.
OpenBSD has imported click.I misread.
- 2016 Resolution – DiscoverBSD Talks. (via)
- DiscoverBSD for 2016/01/05.
- New review on “Tarsnap Mastery”
- Who wants to sponsor some BSD books?
- “FreeBSD Mastery: Specialty Filesystems” disclaimer
- FreeBSD Jails the hard way. (via)
- New NVIDIA drivers for FreeBSD.
- I Moved to Linux and It’s Even Better Than I Expected. Late 90s flashback! Mostly applies to a BSD desktop too. (via)
- The ‘hidden’ cost of using ZFS for your home NAS. (via)
- FreeBSD on the raspberry pi. (via)
- Netflix’s async sendfile now in FreeBSD-current. (via)
John Marino has opened up his new utility for testing: Synth. It’s made for building custom package repositories, similar to poudriere, but much less setup work. If you’ve ever said “I like binary installs, but I want my own build options”, this is for you. The README includes screenshots to show all the things it can do.
This week’s BSDNow episode has an interview with Josh Paetzel about ZFS, and lots of end-of-year/start-of-new-year prognostication.
The first link will bring you a lot more reading.
- How Mobile Carriers Skirt Net-Neutrality Rules. From a collection of interesting writing by Ingrid Burrington. (via)
- ASCII table – Pronunciation Guide. (via)
- UNIX manual, edition 0. (via)
- Vim Regex. (via)
- weather.agi. (I had a coworker who did TV weather reports in southern California for years; said it was a very boring job.)
- Structured Logging, a concept I can’t disagree with. (via)
- Where Have All the Gophers Gone? Why the Web Beat Gopher for Mindshare. (via)
- 46 years of Facebook friendship: the UNIX epoch strikes again. (via)
- A survival guide for Unix beginners. Yeah, Linux, but whatever. (via)
- Settling into Unix. Same author as previous. (via)
Your off-topic link of the week: The food timeline. This is one of those old-school sites without fancy formatting, created mostly though one person’s focus on a topic, and astonishingly in-depth. This sort of thing makes me so happy to see.
That first link is important. DragonFly, as a project, hasn’t had issues like that yet, but that’s more a side effect of it being a smaller project rather than anything else.
- The Developer Formerly Known as FreeBSDGirl. (via)
- updated: An initial followup from freebsd-core.
- Plotting Out the BSD Year. (via or via)
- BSD: A Brief Look Back at 2015.
- OpenBSD Jumpstart. (via)
- Can it run BSD? The story of a MIPS-based PIC32 microcontroller. (via)
- Want to build a local router on my raspberry pi – considering BSD.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/12/28.
- Ubuntu vs FreeBSD Hosting: Is There A Difference? (via)
- “So errors of a measly 292g years go unreported.“
- pkgsrc-2015Q3 Branch Statistics.
- pkgsrc-2015Q4 released.
- ZFS boot environments are now available in the FreeBSD boot loader.
- plasma_saver for FreeBSD. (this should be portable, hint hint)
- Installfest on January 6th for NYCBUG.
I missed posting this before: A new episode of BSDNow, with new items plus an interview with Alex Rosenberg, “Former Manager of Platform Architecture at Sony”. I assume that means Sony has or had a significant BSD installation, which I totally did not know about.
Francois Tigeot has updated DragonFly to match the video support found in the Linux 4.0 kernel. This will benefit you most if you are running Skylake, Cherryview, or Valleyview chipsets. Don’t ask me how to tell; the improvement has been so rapid I’ve lost track of which model codename is which.
Last of the year, and all the links are terse!
- How Tor Works: Part One. (via)
- Building Up Perlin Noise. (via)
- On choosing the Z80 over the 6502. (via)
- Ulix – a Literate Unix. (via)
- SSH Tips. (via)
- Selectric bug (via)
- Scripted Amiga Emulator. (via)
- Wakka wakka bang splat. (via)
- Perl 6 is out. (via)
- Geometric animated GIFs. (via)
- Search-oriented tools for Unix-style mail. (via)
- Things I won’t work with. Chemistry, not software. (via)
There’s some DragonFly links I snuck in here because why not?
- OpenBSD Innovation List. (via)
- How to block traffic based off country – pFSense (via)
- pfSense 2.2.6 is released.
- Orchestrating multiple FreeBSDs?
- Hacking the PS4, part 3: FreeBSD Kernel exploitation. (via)
- PIC32-RetroBSD Open Source Hardware Board running Unix like RetroBSD OS. (via)
- Is there a way to cite the FreeBSD handbook and other documentation in APA format?
- Newbie testing out new OS’s
- OPNsense 15.7.23 Released
- [PSA] 1920×1080 on DragonFlyBSD 4.4 under QEMU/KVM.
- The DragonFly 4.4 release article on linuxfr.org – always in-depth.
- Faces of FreeBSD 2015: Erin Clark.
- n2k15: bluhm@ on MP networking (out from under biglock)
- n2k15: vgross@ on deep surgery in TCP/IP stack code
- n2k15: krw@ on fdisk, installboot, dhclient, GPT fixes
- n2k15: reyk@ on hosting a hackathon, vmd, and the switch
- n2k15: mpi@ on MP networking progress
- n2k15: stsp@ on 11n mode wifi, testing
- OpenBSD’s sndiod: now with privsep
- Problems with Systemd and Why I Like BSD Init. (via)
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/12/21.
- AsiaBSDCon 2016 is happening March 10-13, 2016, in Tokyo. The call for papers is out and due by January 8th. Tutorial proposals are due at the end of the month.
Christmas doesn’t stop BSDNow from happening, and this week – along with the normal news summary – has an interview with Trent Thompson about virtualization on FreeBSD. Specifically, iohyve, the new management system.
(Linking directly to the broadcast site instead of the page with the full summary on the BSDNow site, because that summary page isn’t up as of me posting this.)
A number of people have reported problems with qemu and DragonFly, both running locally and on a host. It turns out to be a problem with the getcontext(), setcontext(), and swapcontext() functions, but Matthew Dillon fixed it in a way that doesn’t affect performance very much.
That apparently wasn’t good enough, so he added _quick versions of those same functions, so it became not just a fix, but an improvement.
In related qemu news: qemu-devel can use vknetd similar to a vkernel, now.
For those of you that are very bandwidth-constrained, or just impatient, there are xz-compressed images of DragonFly 4.4 available. (see ‘download live image’ area) The mirrors should have them too.
The latest episode interviews Robert N. M. Watson and George V. Neville-Neil for 36 minutes, about teachbsd.org. Also, BSDTalk has been running for 10 years! It’s been long enough I couldn’t remember if it started before the Digest.
Finally, a week of links you can get through in one sitting.
- Old stuff that rocks. (via)
- The itch.io app for indie games. It’s open source – could run on BSD, maybe? (via)
- How I Paid My Rent by Publishing the Most Disgusting Things on the Internet. I remember PoE! The ‘Chet’ he refers to is 1/2 of Old Man Murray. (via)
- Untangling the Tale of Ada Lovelace. (via)
- Chw00t: Breaking unices’ chroot solutions. (via)
- Tiny Letters to the Web We Miss. (via)
- Works that Work, a magazine. Cabinet-ish. (also via)
- Six months with a dumbphone.
- The Feynman Lectures on Physics. (Thanks, Siju)
- Procedural Castle Generation, which I find compelling for some reason. (via)
Yet another week that I started 2 weeks ago; this end-of-calendar-year is full of BSD goings-on.
- FreeBSD on the desktop? Am I crazy? (via)
- lists.freebsd.org holy jeebus….
- I am a newbie trying to switch from pfSense to OpenBSD.
- How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Windows Operating System Family. (via)
- You Make FreeBSD Possible.
- Adventures in Open Source Software: Dealing with Security. A pkgsrc talk.
- TrueNAS templates are now included with a number of monitoring tools.
- Michael Lucas’s SSH talk on YouTube. Not necessarily BSD-specific, but still good.
- BSD for the desktop user: A review of PC-BSD.
- What makes the BSD family more secure than GNU/Linux?
- SO_REUSEADDR and SO_REUSEPORT, a BSD-origin explanation. (via)
- The pkgsrc-2015Q4 freeze has started.
The DragonFly installer has been modified to produce disk arrangements that will generally match between UFS and Hammer installs, plus directories where you usually don’t want Hammer history or backups (like /tmp or /usr/obj) are now under /build and null-mounted to where you’d expect, since null-mounting works transparently well on DragonFly. Matthew Dillon has a note explaining the whole thing.
The official title for BSDNow 120 is “I’m talking about the man in the middle” which is too long for an article title here. It’s a Michael Jackson reference and a type of attack against encryption, if you are unclear. Anyway, the episode has the usual news roundup and an interview of Pawel Jakub Dawidek.
For those of you looking to rent a place to run DragonFly, Nuno Antunes has very helpfully written out his procedure for installing DragonFly on a Digital Ocean ‘droplet’.
As mentioned previously, Sepherosa Ziehau is printing up some DragonFly T-shirts for WeChat users. He’s going to have a few left over, so he is sending them to me to hand to non-China people. If you want one, leave a note saying so in the comments. Here’s the front and back.
You need to provide some way for me to contact you – preferably email, and the size you’d want. (Use the Land’s End Men’s Shirts chart for sizing, because why not.) I’ll only have a few, so no guarantees.
Update: I have more responses than probable shirts at this point – sorry! I’ll get in contact with each of you once the shirts come in and arrange delivery.
It’s tonight at 7 PM, with the details found on the NYCBUG mailing list. RSVP as soon as you can if you are near enough to go – and you should go.
A good chunk of this is brought over from last week, cause there was so much.
- Ramsey Theory in the Dining Room. Not the shouty chef. (via)
- Superpersistent bootkit. (PDF, via, via)
- Raspberry Pis stuffed into classic computer shells. (via)
- I Dreamed of a Perfect Database. “This is a risk of working alone, without anyone to tell you you’re insane.” A Paul Ford article. (via)
- Project: Keyboard Conversion. More ambitious than I expected. (via)
- It’s called fdisk because…
- Computer Man [Extended Version]. Very 1980s. (via)
- The story of one latency spike. (via)
- Peering into inodes.
- After a ten-year hiatus, NetHack 3.6. (via)
- Big Data? No Thanks! Even if you don’t agree with the position, the images are neat. (via)
- Roll your own toy Unix-clone OS. (via)
- King’s Hand, which turns Go programs into utility scripts. (via)
- Why doesn’t findstr use the standard regular expression library? Another grep variant.
I had this built up well ahead of time.
- Today’s world is amd64, armv7, and soon aarch64. Everything else is dead, Jim. The author is/was a OpenBSD developer. (via, via)
- Show Your Support for FreeBSD. (Foundation) Donation time of year.
- As an everyday user of Linux, should I switch to BSD, why or why not?
- vCenter Web Client Plug-in for TrueNAS Now Available.
- OpenBSD Xen support. (via)
- “look I come from debian so having a stable reliable system that _also_ has software that isn’t years out of date in the repos is a shocker” (about the ports system)
- pkgsrc is moving to dash as a bootstrap shell, to replace pdksh.
- The 2015Q4 quarterly pkgsrc freeze is coming.
- BSD Magazine issue 75, with a focus on FreeBSD development tools, is available.
- DistroWatch Weekly reviews OpenBSD 5.8. (via)
- n2k15: sashan@ on PF mpsafe progess.
- n2k15: tedu@ on rebound, malloc hardening, removing legacy code.
- OPNsense 15.7.22 Released.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/12/07.
Hammer now defaults to ‘noatime’, meaning the date and time of last access are not updated on every file action. Note that creation and modification date and time are still recorded. This will help with speed and disk activity.
This may cause a problem with any software expecting this to change – mutt, possibly? We will find out. This change was done after the 4.4 branch, so it’s not in the current release of DragonFly.
If you are a WeChat user and want a DragonFly BSD shirt, send your Chinese address and mobile number to firstname.lastname@example.org, or scan this image to join the WeChat DragonFly BSD group.
This is exclusive to China right now, as it’s being done by DragonFly developer Sepherosa Ziehau – who, as you might guess by now, is based in China.
BSDNow 119 is up, with even lengthier news summaries than usual, and an interview of Paul Goyette about his testing work with NetBSD.
John Marino has created two custom make variables – .MAKE.DF.OSREL and .MAKE.DF.VERSION. (They return the current DragonFly versioning, if you can’t tell from the name.) Apparently, if you build all 22,000 or so ports together, about 15% of the total time is just awk looking up the system version, and this removes that repeated task.
Matthew Dillon has added two Hammer2 directives – ‘info’ and ‘mountall’. See his commit message for a explanation of each. This predates the 4.4 branch, so it’s available in the current release. The usual caveat applies: Hammer2 is for development only; don’t use this to store data you want to use.
I am taking this moment away from my significant backlog of things to post to note that there have been a lot of games fixes in DPorts lately. Thanks to Rimvydas, many small bugs that kept games from compiling on DragonFly are now fixed. The easiest way to see is to look at the commits from December 8th and back, but the best way is to pick one and play.
Sharp-eyed users will note that release is happening with version 4.4.1, rather than the 4.4.0 you’d expect. That’s because I tagged 4.4.0, built the images, and then OpenSSL 1.0.1q was released. Rather than make everyone who installs DragonFly need to immediately update, Sascha Wildner brought in the OpenSSL update to the 4.4 branch, and I built 4.4.1 instead.
Another done-early week. I’m already filling in next week’s Lazy Reading.
- Computer graphics from the 1970s/1980s. (via)
- How the Atari ST almost had Real UNIX. (via)
- Worg, the Org-Mode Community. So many people sing the praises of orgmode. (via)
- The 68000 Wars, a history of Commodore, parts one, two, three, four. (via)
- Novena: A Laptop With No Secrets. Not easy to build or use, but I’m glad it exists. (via)
- XINU OS – Xinu Is Not Unix. (via)
- Eavesdropping on the Hidden World. (via)
- “How the heck do you people google for Windows problems?“
- dd – Destroyer of Disks. Not all these apply consistently to various BSDs. (via)
- I can appreciate some of what Facebook’s doing with new offices, but a big room doesn’t have to be so ugly. (And I don’t even like FLW!) (via)
- What’s so special about 2147483648?
- Dwarf Fortress 0.42.01 is out.
- Let’s Encrypt is in public beta. (via many places)
- How I stay happy making open source software. (via)
- Taco Bell Programming. I agree with some of the sentiments, though Taco Bell mostly just means crap, not reusability. I prefer my tacos to be Mighty.(via)
Your unrelated music clip of the week: Coldcut – More Beats n Pieces.
Your unrelated community funded game of the week: Psychonauts 2. A sequel to one of my favoritest games ever.
I was going to make comments about this being a light week, and then suddenly I had overflow.
- The 2015 NYC Tech Meta-Party is December 14th. Lots of BSD people there; I wish I was.
- The Call for Papers for BSDCan 2016 is out. (also via)
- Early days of Unix and design of sh. Stephen Bourne’s recent NYCBUG talk; make time to see this if you missed the BSDCan 2015 show.
- FreeBSD Mastery: Specialty Filesystems, the early access draft, is available.
- Hosted NetBSD (and others) from Serveraptor. We need a list of hosting orgs where you can run BSD.
- One of the three OpenBSD users. (via)
- PXE boot OpenBSD from OpenWRT. (via)
- NetBSD gains sqlite3db and also DTC.
- PHP5.4 is being retired from pkgsrc.
- IBCS2 support in FreeBSD is removed, for now at least.
- OpenBSD now has an etherip(4) device. (No man page to link to as of this typing)
- iXSystems at Fossetcon 2015.
- Preparing multitouch support – request for tests
- Is That Linux? No, It’s PC-BSD. (via)
- How to Install Ajenti with Nginx and SSL on FreeBSD 10.2. (via)
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/11/30.
- Distrowatch reviews NetBSD 7. (via)
- FreeBSD and FreeNAS in Business by Randy Westlund.
I’m combining two items because news happens faster than I can post: Tomohiro Kusumi has added a ‘dm-flakey’ target to the disk mapper, so you can simulate an unreliable disk, reliably.
BSDNow 118 is up, and it has an interview with Mark Heily about relaunchd, along with a number of other BSD news things that I haven’t even read yet because I didn’t expect the episode before today.
DragonFly has historically performed very well with NFS. I don’t have hard numbers to point at (an interesting exercise if someone wanted it), but in any case: DragonFly now can tune up to a much larger iosize, which means better NFS performance. DragonFly <-> DragonFly NFS performance can now max out a GigE link, or with anything else that can handle the larger iosize. That plus additional readahead, also in that commit, means easier netboots.
BSDTalk has a 65-minute recording of Ed Maste and George Neville-Neil at vBSDCon 2015 presenting “Supporting a BSD Project“. Note that it’s a recording of the presentation itself and not an interview after the fact. I don’t think vBSDCon has had any released video, or I don’t immediately remember seeing any, so this may be the only way to experience this talk.
I have a huge backlog of things to post, so this is originating from the 17th: Matthew Dillon has been working for some time on hardlinks and Hammer 2. Hardlinks are the same file, presented in multiple places. This can be a problem when your filesystem keeps infinite, writable snapshots. The solution he just commited is called ‘xlink’ and the commit message has details.
I am all over the map this week.
- How The Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive. I learned D’Nealian; my mother wrote Spencerian. Technical lettering in college and signing labs as a grad student destroyed my style. Anyone know a good source of fountain pens that are cheap/usable? I don’t want to go down the crazy route. (via)
- Triple redundancy in a Boeing 777. An Ada program compiled with 3 different compilers and run on 3 different processors. (PDF, via)
- If you’re curious about gold (the software, not the metal) and how linkers work, given DragonFly’s recent switch, the author of gold, Ian Lance Taylor, wrote a 20-part series about the topic. (Linked here before some years ago, but it’s worth reading now.)
- “We got around three“. A lesson in the persistence of Fortran.
- Former Atari Employee Posts Work Email Log from 1982-1992. The source of the link has many choice comments pulled out.
- Four examples of excellent interface design. In games, of course. The only one I’ve tried is Brogue, previously linked here, and its terminal controls don’t feel like terminal controls.
- The Storage Engine: Timeline. History of data storage, an online exhibit at the Computer History Museum. There are some delightful pictures and stories. (via)
- Raspberry Pi Zero: The $5 Computer. Pretty soon it’s going to be possible to sneeze and accidentally lose several computers because you blew them off the table. (via, also here)
- Also, a comparison of price between similarly-powered computers: everything circa 1980 and the Pi Zero now.
- C.H.I.P. vs Pi Zero: Which Sub-$10 Computer Is Better? Topical! “Which runs BSD better?” is the question you should ask, cause price is almost immaterial. (via)
- A browser-based optics sandbox. Funny how this used to require a standalone program. (via)
- The Software Freedom Conservancy is looking for your support. They provide infrastructure to software you use.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Sunday Comics Kickstarter.
I informally grouped by topic, cause it has proved an exceptionally rich week for BSD links.
- A FreeBSD AMI Builder AMI. (via)
- Status of pledge(2).
- Multiple Perl modules for OpenBSD’s pledge(2).
- Going full pledge.
- iXSystems at LISA 15.
- Current Status of OpenBSD / OpenBGPd at RIPE 71 by Peter Hessler.
- Zedboard and BSD. (via)
- FreeBSD on the QCA953x (“Honeybee”) from Qualcomm Atheros.
- Onion Omega and FreeBSD.
- Yay cross–pollination!
- Tools for cleaning up KNF-formatted code.
- You should try FreeBSD. (via)
- Switching from OS X to FreeBSD – Both desktop and laptop. Very thorough, and a useful guide if you are contemplating the same thing. (via)
- Interview: Renato Westphal
- Hackfest OpenBSD Presentations.
- “The Devil & BSD: Leaving Linux Behind” (via)
- freebsd vs arch linux
- NetBSD has the Blum Blum Shub RNG, which I thought was a name selected for comedy effect, but no, it’s the names of the creators.
- Wireless, finally – with NetBSD on my Raspberry Pi
- You can no longer not encrypt ssh traffic, on FreeBSD. I am linking that mostly so I can use that convoluted English statement.
- rsnapshot on FreeBSD. (via)
- OPNsense 15.7.20 Released.
- Inline Intrusion Prevention. An upcoming OPNSense feature.
- Multi-tenant/VLANs behind a virtualized pfSense firewall in ESXi. (via)
- OpenBSD support in psutil 3.3.0. (via)
- Comments on the previously-linked “Why did I choose the DragonFlyBSD Operating System?“. Hey, someone mentioned the Digest!
Since DragonFly 4.4 has been branched, bleeding-edge DragonFly is now at version 4.5. As John Marino detailed in his post, that means pkg on 4.5 systems will look in a new place for downloads. (“dragonfly:4.6:x86:64”, since it always uses even numbers)
To cover for this, set ABI to point at DragonFly 4.4 packages in pkg.conf for now. They’re freshly built and functionally the same, anyway. Once there’s a 4.6 download path, that ABI setting can be removed. Packages for DragonFly-current are available now and probably at the mirrors by the time this posts.
Update: as John Marino pointed out to me, anyone on DragonFly-master who upgrades now will be at version 4.5. This means pkg will get the new (4.5) packages on the next pkg upgrade. That means a mix of old and new packages unless you either reinstall anything (pkg update -f) or hardcode the 4.4 download path until you are ready to switch everything.
So: DragonFly-current users should either hardcode the 4.4 path for now or force an pkg upgrade for everything. DragonFly 4.2-release users are unaffected.